Strategic Map: Gateway from the Orient

On the following two pages TIME presents a map of the strategic geography of northeastern Africa and southwestern Asia. Between the two lies the Red Sea, no mean body of water. It is approximately 1,500 miles long, roughly half as long as the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. But with its width (up to 250 miles) it is the size of 50 Mississippis.

This immemorial gateway from the Orient to the Mediterranean has an inner and an outer gate. The inner gate is Port Said, which is the focus of British strategy...

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